Pastures New for Annie in 2018

After two amazing years with OMX, Annie will move onto a new team in 2018.

When Annie joined the team in 2016 she was still piecing the jigsaw of winning bike races back together, but we are incredibly proud to say that during her time with us the picture came into perfect focus and Annie is now very much in the ascendency once again. Annie brought to the team a new level of professionalism which benefitted everyone around her, but she also brought a wicked sense of humour and a lovely nature. Annie’s World Cup win in Lenzerheide was a dream come true for all of us and a moment we will never forget.

Team Manager, Paul Beales, reflects:

“Annie has shown that anything is possible. She is an absolute model professional who gives everything to be the best on a bicycle.  A great person off the bike and devastatingly good on it.  I am pleased OMX were able to play a small part in helping Annie return to the front and have the best year of her career so far.  We all wish Annie the very best in the next stage of her career and hope to see her representing Great Britain at the front of bike races for many years to come.”

 

We asked Annie for her Five Most Memorable Moments with OMX. In classic Annie style, here they are –

Winning the teams first elite British National Champion’s jersey, in Glasgow 2016.
I remember getting ready in the team tent. Outside it was so cold and windy but inside the atmosphere was warm and everything ran really smoothly which gave me easy prep into the race. It was great to win the National Title after having a challenging few months where training hadn’t gone as planned, and it was a special team moment.

British National Championships

2016 Andorra end of season after party.
We had a great team dinner and celebrations and I learnt that Isla definitely doesn’t like tequila, and that Lee and Martin do like it but can’t keep it down for very long! We still have a lot of laughs about that night. 
Champagne with Imogen
2017 Cape Epic.
After being told by my South African teammates for a year how ‘hectic’ and amazing the Epic was, we decided to race it. It really was such a great experience, with so many amazing parts to it and lots of memories. Winning the Queen Stage and coming in 2nd overall was great, but it was the daily routine and atmosphere and really having to dig in and work as a team which give the race its identity and uniqueness. Finishing it off with convincing Lee back on to tequila after the scars of Andorra topped it off nicely.
Winning Lenzerheide World Cup.
To finally be racing back at the front of a World Cup and to be able to finish it off with a win was just amazing. It was my first World Cup win and first time I had been on the podium in five years. After a lot of hardwork to finally have it pay off was so good. The team supported me through a frustrating 2016 and to finally be able to deliver the goods was such a good feeling. 
The final memory is one of my whole two years with the team.
It is of the genuine support and care that the team has for one another. To be supported when you’ve had a bad couple of races and always have the belief of the team behind you makes the year so much more enjoyable and means you can just crack on with racing bikes and having fun. Thank you to everyone at OMX who believed in me and gave me these wonderful memories. 
An incredible list of achievements, interspersed with laughter; it is a perfect reflection of Annie and her time with the team.
Annie, we wish you every success in the future and thank you for your wonderful work with OMX.
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